Word of the Year: DISCERN
In the past, I've come up with a word or phrase of the year on my own, but this year I wanted to try something different. So I used Jennifer Fulwiler's Word of the Year Generator to come up with a few words that caught my eye, and then prayed about which one was going to be my word of the year. Out of the four I wrote down, it was actually the first word, discern, that tugged on my heart the most. It is a word that has been floating around my heart for a little while now, so when it showed up, I decided that 2018 is when I would try really committing to it. To me, discern really means trusting the plan God has designed for my life, and going to Him with all things and all decisions. To be honest, I don't have a huge decision on my plate right now to try and discern, so I think God is asking me to bring the small things to Him, to show me that there is nothing in my life that is too insignificant to Him and also to help me practice trusting Him in small ways to build up to trusting Him with the biggest things in my life. Like anything, it is a practice, so I am going to start to today and keep working at it!
Saint of the Year: St. Elizabeth of Portugal (also known as St. Isabella of Portugal)
Again, I used Jennifer Fulwiler's Saint Name Generator to find my saint of the year, and unlike my word of the year, I prayed before I hit the random generator and asked God to send me whatever saint he wanted for me to learn and grow with this year. I got St. Elizabeth of Portugal, also known as Isabella of Portugal, and all I know now is that she was a Queen and a peacemaker. She literally rode out between two armies to make the peace. She's the patron of peacemakers, brides, against jealousy, victims of unfaithfulness and charitable societies, so not quite sure what to make of her yet! Excited to learn more about her in the coming year.
Goal for the Year: To take time to update on my goals every month.
This year, I am not setting overarching big goals. I know I want to improve on my health and well-being, my spiritual life and some new hobbies, but I want to take it step by step. So I am setting the goal to sit down on the first Sunday or the Sunday before the 1st of the month to examine my goals so far, take stock of what is working and what isn't, and set new goals for the next month. I want to take things step-by-step, because this year is a year of discernment and trust, so I'm looking at the small steps while God holds the bigger picture.